The Law: Too Old to Have Rights

After the death of his first wife, Isaac Presler decided to abandon the shoe-manufacturing business, and in 1952 he began a new career as a sales-clerk at Macy's department store in Manhattan. He was then 56, but in his spare time he also earned a high school diploma and went on to college courses. He was 68 when he finally got his degree as a bachelor of business administration from CUNY'S Baruch College. At 74, after 18 years and an excellent record at Macy's, he finally retired and asked for his pension.

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